IIM Kozhikode

Introduction to IIM Kozhikode

IIM-K was established in 1996 and has bagged the 6th position for Management Education in NIRF rankings. IIM K has a highly experienced faculty and also an adjunct and visiting faculty. The establishment of an Incubation Centre for Excellence to help the Scheduled Castes/tribes students overcome their deficiencies in communication, personality etc. has been developed. Academics as well as overall development of the students is given importance.


It is located in Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode, between the hills in the Western Ghats. There are in-campus residential facilities for the faculty, visitors and students. The total area is 111 acres. The main source of water is rainwater harvesting. The students are required to stay in the hostel and there are seventeen hostels in total.

Programs offered

The two-year MBA (PGP) program offers several lectures, simulations, video shows, case studies and role plays. There is a continuous evaluation system with several assignments, mid terms and end term exams as well as quizzes. Importance is given to learning by taking part in real life projects, active discussions, self-study and group study for overall development of students.  

Placements of IIM Kozhikode (For the year 2020)

Major Recruiting Companies of IIM Kozhikode

Accenture, Amazon, Deloitte, HSBC, Microsoft, Mahindra, RBS, Volvo, Wells Fargo, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Ernst and Young, Axis Bank, JP Morgan, The Rohatyn Group, Aditya Birla Group, Capgemini, Everest Group, Walmart Labs, Myntra and PwC. 

Average and Median Package offered in IIM Kozhikode (2020)

Average salary package offered across PGP course is Rs 23.08 Lakh Per Annum and Median salary package offered across PGP course is Rs 20.80 Lakh Per Annum.

Program Wise Intake

In its flagship MBA (PGP) program, IIM Kozhikode intakes up to 420 students.

Exams accepted by IIM Kozhikode with cut off

The qualifying cut off for IIM Kozhikode is the same as last year. For General category students, the overall qualifying CAT 2020 cut off is 85 percentile, for NC/OBC/EWS it is 75 percentile, for SC, it is 65 percentile and for ST/PwD, it is 55 percentile.

GMAT – 700+ score

Selection Criteria for IIM Kozhikode

The weighted average score of the entry test of the applicant (CAT or GMAT test), followed by their score in the IIM screening process and personal interview rounds.

Aggregate Index Score Computation for Stage 2 Shortlist


Weight (%)

CAT Index Score


Class X Percentage Score


Class XII Percentage Score


Gender/Academic Diversity Score


Work Experience Score


Minimum Eligibility Criteria:


CAT Score




X Class


XII Class






















Candidates fulfilling the above-mentioned eligibility criteria will receive an email for online registration for admissions only if they have applied for IIM Kozhikode while filling the CAT application form 2020. Only successfully registered candidates will be considered for the next stage.


Selection Process for IIM Kozhikode

The following stages are followed for the selection process.


Stage 1

While filling the CAT form, if the candidate had chosen the option for IIM K then the college will determine if they fill the minimum criteria. These candidates are sent an email and asked to register online. Those who have registered move on to the next stage


Stage 2

In this stage the diversity in the form of gender, CAT score and the overall academic performance is used to prepare the shortlist along with the work experience. This final score is called the Aggregate Index Score (AIS). Separate lists for separate categories are prepared.

Changes in AIS Computation

As compared to 2020 admissions, IIM Kozhikode has made changes in computing the AIS. This year, addition of work experience in AIS computation is added. It will be given 5 percent weightage by IIM Kozhikode in shortlisting candidates. Moreover, the weightage of each component has also been changed. The weightage of 10th score has been reduced by 5 percent, rest everything remaining the same.

Let us look at each component of Aggregate Index Score (AIS)-

CAT 2020 Index Score – From the three sections, the scaled scores of CAT will be considered by IIM Kozhikode to calculate the CAT Index Score. This component will carry weightage of 45 percent as per the admission criteria of IIM Kozhikode 2021.

Class X Percentage Score – The aggregate marks of all subjects obtained by candidates and mentioned in the marks sheet or grade sheet will be used to calculate the class X percentage score. The weightage will be 25 percent. The board will not be considered.

Final calculation = Adjusted score*30

Class XII Percentage Score – The percentage of marks obtained by candidates in HSC/Class XII/Equivalent/Diploma would be calculated on the basis of aggregate marks of all subjects. The weightage given to this component as per IIM Kozhikode 2021 admission criteria remains the same as last year that is 15 percent.

Academic Diversity/Gender Score – IIM Kozhikode considers gender/academic diversity at the time of admissions. Note that only female candidates will be considered eligible for gender diversity. Whereas for academic diversity, candidates who have completed or are pursuing their bachelor’s or equivalent in a discipline other than engineering/technology will be eligible by IIM Kozhikode.

Work Experience Score – This year for 2021 admissions, IIM Kozhikode has added work experience component in AIS computation. Weightage will be 5 percent and the computation will be done as follows-

Work Experience Score = 5x/36, if 6 =< x =< 36 = 0, if x < 6 or x > 36.

Note – The candidates’ short-list for Stage 2 (PI) will be made available on the IIM Kozhikode website around the last week of January 2021. The interview call letters, venue details, etcetera will be made available on the official website.


Stage 3

In the next stage, the personal interview (PI) is conducted. Those selected in stage two are called for the PI round. A final merit list is given based on the information provided in stage 2 and the PI scores. Separate lists are made for separate categories. 

Important Dates for IIM Kozhikode

Ongoing/Current selection process for 2021 admission dates

Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT January 10, 2021 (May prepone or postpone by a week due to COVID)

Selection Process Tentative dates – Start: Last week of January 2021 End: Last week of March 2021

Final Admission Offer – 3rd week of April 2021

Final confirmation of admission offers by 2nd week of May 2021

Tentative dates for 2022 admission process

Admission 2022 Application Starts August 5, 2021 (10 AM)

Last date to Apply September 16, 2021 (5PM)

Selection Process Tentative dates – Start: Last week of January 2022 End: Last week of March 2022

Final Admission Offer – 3rd week of April 2022

Final confirmation of admission offers by 2nd week of May 2022

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